Well, it’s official, a classic Disney World attraction has closed to get a revamp.
The Country Bears held their last jamboree until they come back with a brand new act this summer, and things are already changing in Magic Kingdom now that the attraction has temporarily closed. So let’s take a look at how the attraction’s closure has affected Magic Kingdom.
Well, here’s the thing: Magic Kingdom is about the same and there’s a whole lot of nothing going on over at Frontierland. Splash Mountain has been closed for a while as it becomes Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, so the only ride that’s still open in the area is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. We thought maybe the Country Bear Jamboree closure might have impacted wait times, especially in Frontierland, but Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was at 45 minutes when we checked, which is about what it was the day before.
We DID notice that Frontierland is a lot more relaxed right now. Since there is only one official ride open in that land, there aren’t as many people around, and it’s become mostly a hangout spot or a way to get somewhere else in the park. The vibes in Frontierland are very chill now.
We did happen upon the Frontierland Hoedown that happens a few times a day with the characters, including the Country Bears, who are SUPPOSED to be rehearsing for a new act, but we guess they have to let off steam sometimes. Chip and Dale were also around to get in on the Hoedown fun. We wonder if we might see more of these each day now that the Jamboree is temporarily closed.
The Country Bear Jamboree itself is now completely roped off and locked up.
We also noticed some new signs in front of the attraction that say “Bear With Us.” Get it? BEAR?
A stage has also been set up in front of the attraction, but it’s not part of the new attraction. It’s there for a Cast Member event that’s happening later in the week. However, we loved looking at all the fun country and western details on the stage.
When the attraction reopens this summer, the Country Bears will be performing some new songs, this time from the Disney catalog, with country arrangements created by actual Nashville musicians. The idea is that the new act will be like classic Nashville country performances (think Grand Ole Opry).
We’ll be keeping an eye on things over there in Frontierland.
When was the last time you saw Country Bear Jamboree before it closed? Tell us about your memories of the show in the comments!
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